[News] IBM Promotes Ubuntu GNU/Linux, Linux Mint 8 Reviewed

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Why is IBM Promoting Ubuntu at the Young Scientist Exhibition

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| A few people have been asking why IBM is 
| promoting Ubuntu at the Young Scientist 
| Exhibition when it is not an IBM product. 
| In fact there are a number of good reasons:
|    1. IBM supports the concept of freedom 
|    and we would hate to think that students 
|    (or anyone) would feel locked in to 
|    using a particular brand of proprietary 
|    software just because it came with the 
|    PC when they bought it. Click here to 
|    view Bob Stutor explain in detail why 
|    IBM cares about software freedom.
|    2. Ubuntu provides an excellent quality 
|    stable desktop operating system for 
|    free, so we don’t want to see people 
|    wasting valuable money on purchasing 
|    licenses for software when they don’t 
|    have to
|    3. We think that Ubuntu is cool and we 
|    think that the students attending the 
|    exhibition will agree when they see for 
|    themselves.
|    4. IBM employees use Ubuntu internally 
|    for their work and IBM also partners 
|    with a Canonical and Verde to provide 
|    the Ubuntu based IBM Client for Smart 
|    Work. 


Simplified Main Inclusion Request process

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| after some discussion in the MIR team and on ubuntu-devel@ [1], we 
| simplified the Main Inclusion Request process to require much 
| less bureaucracy.
| What we really want is reporters to go 
| through the checklist and discuss the 
| violations of the MIR requirement standards 
| in the bug report with the MIR team, not 
| write lengthy wiki pages with boilerplate 
| text (especially not for trivial packages 
| like perl bindings).


Linux Mint 8 review

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| One of the nicest features of Pardus is the 
| Kaptan application. What Kaptan is is a 
| first-time, welcome application that gives 
| a user the opportunity to customize a fresh 
| installation of the distro. It can also be 
| called up at any time after installation. 
| mintWelcome, Linux Mint’s welcome 
| application, is an attempt at that, but it 
| does not offer the same features that 
| you’ll find on Kaptan. In addition to the 
| list of items on mintWelcome, here are 
| three that I’ll love to see added:
|     * Customize your desktop
|     * Enable Network Time Protocol
|     * Enable Gufw, the graphical firewall 
|     manager



Distro Review: Linux Mint 8

,----[ Quote ]
| Ease Of Installation & Use: 5/5
| Stability: 5/5
| Speed: 4/5
| Community & Documentation: 4/5
| Features: 4/5
| Overall: 5/5


Hands On with Linux Mint 8 (Helena)

,----[ Quote ]
| The recent release of a major new version of
| Ubuntu means it's time for new versions of
| various remastered distros. This time around
| it's Linux Mint 8. Linux Mint, as you may
| already know from previous releases, takes
| Ubuntu to another level by slicking it up with
| tools, multimedia codecs and more. Linux Mint 8
| makes it easy to get started with Linux even if
| you haven't run it before. Pretty much
| everything you need for your daily computing
| tasks is included in Linux Mint 8 or available
| in the Linux Mint software repository.


Linux Mint 8 Installation Visual Walk Through – VirtualBox

,----[ Quote ]
| Here’s a walk through of the Linux Mint 8
| Helena. You’ll notice a ton of
| similarities between the installation
| process of Linux Mint 8 and the base it’s
| built from Ubuntu.


Linux Mint 8

,----[ Quote ]
| Product:      Linux Mint 8
| Web Site:     http://www.linuxmint.com/
| Price:        Free
| Pros:         Software Manager & Update Manager upgrades,
| configurable places, Upload Manager & File Uploader
| added.
| Cons:         Slightly less attractive default wallpaper, no bundled
| games, Chrome browser not available in software repositories.
| Suitable For:         Beginner, intermediate or advanced desktop
| Linux users.
| Summary:      Linux Mint 8 brings Linux Mint up to speed with Ubuntu
| 9.10 and adds some custom upgrades of its own. An excellent desktop
| distribution that any Linux user should consider using.
| Rating:       4/5


Linux Mint Helena: C’est fantastique!

,----[ Quote ]
| Having seen what the open source community
| can do to improve and support a product, I
| have to say I’m extremely impressed with
| the work they’ve done. Just last week I
| stated that I would probably run a dual
| boot with Windows 7 as my primary system
| and Mint or Ubuntu as my secondary system.
| Well, after installing and using Helena, I
| have to say I’m strongly considering
| sticking with Mint and possibly having
| Windows 7 as a secondary OS for
| compatibility issues. I can definitely say
| that I wasn’t expecting a free operating
| system to work as well as this one does.
| Bravo.


Two other great Linux distributions: MEPIS & Mint

,----[ Quote ]
| I also like the additional utilities, the
| so-called MEPIS Assistant programs. These
| take what can sometimes be complicated
| tasks on other Linux distributions, such
| as networking and X-Windows set-up, and
| make them simple. Last, but not least,
| MEPIS has always done an outstanding job
| of using the KDE 3.5x to good effect. In
| the upcoming MEPIS 8.5, he's using the
| brand-new KDE 4.3.4 for those who like the
| KDE 4.x series. But, for those who are
| still fond of KDE 3.5, and while I finally
| warmed up to KDE 4.x I also continue to
| like KDE 3.5x, he'll continue to support
| it in the MEPIS 8.x line.


Download Linux Mint 8 for 64-Bit Platforms

,----[ Quote ]
| After the release of Linux Mint 8 back in
| November, Clement Lefebvre and the
| developers behind the Linux Mint community
| announced last evening (December 14th) the
| immediate availability for download of the
| 64-bit edition of Linux Mint 8. This version
| is exactly like the main edition of Linux
| Mint 8 but compiled for 64-bit processors,
| such as Intel Core 2 Duo, Intel Core 2 Quad
| or Athlon X2 64. Dubbed Helena, the new
| Linux Mint 8 operating system is based on
| the Ubuntu 9.10 (Karmic Koala) operating
| system and it is powered by Linux kernel
| 2.6.31, X.Org 7.4 and the GNOME 2.28.1
| desktop environment.


Fluxbox CE, resurrected

,----[ Quote ]
| The Fluxbox Community Edition produced
| releases for Linux Mint 5 “Elyssa” and Linux
| Mint 6 “Felicia” and it became quite popular
| among Linux Mint users. But in 2009, due to
| personal circumstances Shane Joe Lazar, the
| maintainer of this edition, had to focus his
| attention elsewhere and so the Fluxbox CE
| was discontinued. During the release cycle
| for Linux Mint 7 “Gloria”, no Fluxbox
| edition was released.
| Kendall Weaver recently stepped up from the
| community and worked on a new Fluxbox
| edition of Linux Mint. We had a conversation
| and I got the opportunity to test his
| preliminary ISOs. Today, I’m happy to
| welcome him within the development team as
| the new maintainer of the Fluxbox Community
| Edition.


Linux Mint 8-Helena

,----[ Quote ]
| Running a Linux Mint 8 Live CD, I boot into
| an adorable Linux Mint logo that’s animated!
| Then the splash screen really grabs my
| attention. I understand Zwopper of the Mint
| community is to “blame” for this beautiful
| background. Nice Job!

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-----BEGIN PGP SIGNED MESSAGE----- Hash: SHA1 Wine, Linux and Multimedia Software (Part 1) ,----[ Quote ] | Installing Ubuntu was easy, with all of my hardware being automatically | detected including my laser printer. I was immediately impressed with how | simple everything is to use. Some of the software that I used under | Windows is also available under Linux. Skype, FireFox, and OpenOffice are | three of my most frequently used applications, and the transition to Linux | for these applications was painless. However, there remained one | significant barrier to becoming productive under Linux. Unfortunately, the | developers of many of my favorite Windows software have decided not to | release a Linux version. Whilst there are Linux alternatives for many of | these applications (some of which, no doubt, are just as good or in fact | even better than what I had been using in the Windows world), this did not | alter the fact that I would need to learn how a large set of new software | worked. Do not get me wrong, I love experimenting with fresh software. But | to be faced with having to learn about so many new applications | simultaneously was a bit daunting. `---- http://www.linuxlinks.com/article/20090904192118400/WineMultimedia.html Creating Pseudo-3D Imagery with GIMP: Part 1 ,----[ Quote ] | Here again, I would stress that nothing beats a properly planned image, | that applies to all genres you can think of. Some might think it's a waste | of pr...

[News] IBM's GNU/Linux and Standards Chief on a Future with GNU/Linux
-----BEGIN PGP SIGNED MESSAGE----- Hash: SHA1 At the airport + Linux, virtualization, and the cloud ,----[ Quote ] | I’m in DC because I gave some talks this morning about Linux along with our | Red Hat partner. To summarize: | | * Linux is more than ready for business critcal deployments. | * The ability to run Linux on multiple hardware platforms offers great | flexibility to match your IT workloads to the systems you already own | or to systems that are tuned to the applications you will be running. | * Linux and virtualization go together very naturally, wi...

[News] Skype for GNU/Linux 2.1 is Near, More Applications for GNU/Linux Reviewed
-----BEGIN PGP SIGNED MESSAGE----- Hash: SHA1 Skype for Linux 2.1 Beta 2 adds screen sharing ,----[ Quote ] | Nearly five months after the release of the | first beta, the Skype for Linux developers | have announced the availability of the | second beta for version 2.1 of their Linux | Skype client. In addition to several | localisation updates and bug fixes, version | of Skype for Linux adds a number | of new features that have been available on | Mac and Windows editions of Skype for some | time. The full release for Windows is | currently at version 4.1 and for Mac OS X | is at version 2.8. `---- http://www.h-online.com/open/news/item/Skype-for-Linux-2-1-Beta-2-adds-screen-sharing-909596.html Try The New Terminator 0.90 (Alpha 1) http://www.webupd8.org/2010/01/try-new-terminator-090-alpha-1.html Review: Ubuntu Tweak 0.5 – Making life easier in Ubuntu ,----[ Quote ] | It’s called Ubuntu tweak and you can get it | from http://ubuntu-tweak.com/. The new version | of Ubuntu tweak (0.5) came out about 2 weeks | ago and has some improvements in it so go | ahead and grab it from their website. `---- http://duncsweb.com/2010/01/20/review-ubuntu-tweak-0-5-making-life-easier-in-ubuntu/ Recent: Skype tells the FCC to require net neutrality. ,----[ Quote ] | VOICE OVER IP AND CHAT OUTFIT Skype has | been pressing its case in favour of net | neutrality to the US Federal Communications | Commision (FCC). | | Skype, which is based on its own | propriet...

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